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Manchester mutant mob Natural Sciences are back with more nasty retroverted business, courtesy of Texan upstart Textasy. Strap yourself in for a wild ride with the classic Detroit style electro -funk of "Illusions Of The Mind" until the furious acid techno onslaught of "Acid Bleach" (feat Sylvester - I Live With My Mom edit) throws you against the wall with pure force: some gnarly 303 business on this one! Then, the classic UK rave throwback sounds of "Pterodactyl" will make you feel like you're partying under a UK motorway circa 1990 loved up on MDMA.
Here's something to put lead in the pencil of any electro nuts out there: a high-profile collaboration between rising star Vectorvision (AKA Dallas producer Brian Bishop) and all-round legend Convextion (AKA Gerard Hanson). In its original form, ZY Clone is something of a beast, sitting somewhere between the heavy, angular, acid-laced Dutch electro sound and the melodious, synth-laden, deep space bliss of Hanson's usual Convextion fare. Bishop goes solo to provide the obligatory flipside remix, layering waves of glacial, cascading synthesizer lines and spacey chord progressions over an action-packed drum machine workout. Naturally, both sides are rich in bustling analogue drum machine hits and vintage synthesizer motifs.
Hailing from Argentina but living in Barcelona, Sefton returns to Maceo Plex's label with a deep, hypnotic techno release. The title track resounds to a purring bass, crisp break beats and a sensuous sound-scape that calls to mind sun loungers and the warm air of the Adriatic, even in the depths of winter. "The Dawn of Man" conjures up a radically different mood, with Sefton focusing on a rolling, dub groove and layer upon layer of moody electronics to create an ominous techno sound. By contrast, the alternate version of "Man" is deeper, and more atmospheric as he takes his cue from Detroit techno, while Maceo Plex's take on "Stranded in Passion" sees the Ellum boss deliver a sub-bass heavy electro version.
Glasgow has a new label on the horizon in the shape of Work For Love who kick off proceedings with a fine EP from Mr Timothy J Fairplay. Given his previous form and the title of this EP, it's easy to suggest the influence of John Carpenter looms over No News From New York, but there are more strings to Fairplay's bow than that as the four tracks prove. There is a range of tempos explored here, with "Carla Is Typing A Message" a deathly crawl through delay-laden synth drama, whilst "Court Street Shuffle" is a life-affirming box jam that wouldn't sound out of place on a Legowelt record. Those melodies! "Mickey's Theme" is more redolent of Fairplay's celebrated work with Sir Weatherall, whilst the title track is the slowest production here and is quite captivating.
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